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COVID closes the Capitol

Lawmakers abruptly postponed Friday floor sessions in response to a positive COVID-19 case inside the Capitol. Here’s what happened, and how it affects the Legislature’s schedule.

Latest COVID-19 reporting

Montana coronavirus report

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the U.S. and Montana, we’ll provide regular updates with the latest news and information. Figures and information are accurate at the time of publication.

Education’s federal relief windfall

Montana’s public schools are set to receive nearly $500 million in COVID-19 relief funds, with tens of millions more available at the state’s discretion. Where will the money go, and how will it be used to recover from the pandemic?


As of Sunday, April 18, the state reports that 641,837 doses of vaccine have been administered in Montana, and 277,711 Montanans have been fully immunized. The state has reported a cumulative total of 107,145 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 57 new cases since yesterday, 1,014 active cases, and 104,585 people considered recovered. State officials also report that 4,909 of the cases have resulted in hospitalizations, with 50 patients currently hospitalized. There have been 1,546 Montana deaths attributed to the disease. The state’s official dashboard is here, and more information on the numbers reported by the state is here.

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Prior to March 7, 2021 this page included live trend charts based on data provided by the Covid Tracking Project, which ceased its data collection activities at that point. Graphics shown below include pandemic trends through that date.


How and where to get stuck

A reporting project by KHN, Montana Free Press and the University of Montana School of Journalism finds the biggest test of that disparate system looms as vaccine eligibility expands.

Glacier eastern entrance Blackfeet

Blackfeet Tribe reopens border with Glacier

The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council voted unanimously Wednesday to reopen the eastern boundary of Glacier National Park, a year after the council unilaterally closed it to protect tribal members from COVID-19.

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Telehealth’s growing pains

Telehealth is booming. But with the boom come unintended consequences, including conflicts between out-of-state and in-state health providers, a rise in fraud, and potential access problems for vulnerable groups.

COVID and campuses

Montana Board of Regents gets a report on COVID-19 across state campuses, and an update on the Legislature’s impacts on higher education.

Extending eligibility

House Bill 612 aims to help high school seniors in Montana maintain access to financial assistance for higher education that may have been jeopardized by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To mask in class?

Since Gov. Greg Gianforte rescinded the state-wide mask mandate a month ago, school districts across Montana have come under pressure to figure out whether to continue requiring staff and students to wear face coverings. That pressure is leading to some contentious school board meetings.


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